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Editorial Too many living the good life Hutchinson Newa Thursday, Sept. Ill, 197:» I'age 4 Chile, overthrown President Allende of Chile WHS no friend of the United States, so his death and overthrow of his government will not be long mourned here. It should be. Allende, the Western Hemisphere's first freely-elected Marxist president, was a bumbler on a grand scale. He proved that far-leftist rhetoric gives way to harsh reality. His country .had been in chaos for weeks, both economically and politically. But his violent passing, and the violent overthrow of his government should go down as a day of sorrow because he was a president elected by a free people. Chile's armed forces, backed by state and local police, ended 42 years of strict constitutional neutrality on the part of the military to accomplish the coup. A radio broadcast assured the workers of Chile that "the economic and social conquests which they have won to date will not suffer modifications in the fundamentals." That pledge will be almost impossible to maintain in a country without a constitution to protect it. Freedom has been dealt a severe blow. That's something to mourn. Law in the streets Reno County Sheriff Jim Fountain is busy working on a plan to put law enforcement in the streets of the small towns in the county. Under his proposal, small towns would relinquish funds budgeted for law enforcement to his office. His office would, in turn, furnish resident law enforcement services to the municipalities under a contract. It's a contract the small cities should not turn down. The resident deputy would live in his assigned town with primary responsibility for patrol in and around his home base. Accidents would be worked much faster. So would crime. Fountain says his plan would put professional lawmen closer to the people, and so it would. In addition, he says, it would provide the people in the small communities "the service they've been paying for for years." That's an interesting selling point for consolidation, and one the sheriff should remember when further consolidation is considered. Hutchinson residents foot most of the county law enforcement bill and yet see the sheriff and his men only on a very limited basis. But that fact detracts. For the moment it's enough to say that Fountain's idea has considerable merit for small communities, not only in Reno County but in the rest of the state. Chauvinist pig ribbons? If they were handing out male chauvinist ribbons in the swine barns at the Kansas > State Fair this year, guess who might cop the top prizes. The people who pick the Fair board, that's who. In its 60th year, the Fair has yet to see its first female voter on the board. Roy Freeland, state secretary of agriculture, says he thinks such a membership would be a "darn good idea," but as far as he knows there is no movement afoot to correct the longstanding situation. It should be noted that almost half of the post office chiefs appointed this year are women. The time is fast approaching when there may be as many The view from here postmistresses as postmasters in this country. Still, the Fair never has had a women board member and there's no relief in sight. Women aren't the only persons excluded, as The News has repeatedly pointed out. The State Fair organization remains the exclusive domain of Kansas farm groups, who select their favorites at district meetings and their favorites seldom are urban or industrial types. But the exclusion of women is particularly interesting. Gals have had an excellent record of opening doors. The Fair board could use the fresh air. by s.a. Headmaster's report Ken Ream, who operates the Lamed typewriter place, has been browsing in his Bulfinch ' and discovered that history doesn't always repeat itself. Sometimes, it turns topsy-turvy. The way Ken puts it, today we feed milo to the beef, but in the real oldie days they fed the beef to Milo. • His reference was to this passage from Bulfinch's Mythology, about Milo, a Greek athlete from the last part of the 6th Century, B.C. Quote: "HE WAS born in Cro- tona and led the triumphant army of his native city against Sybaris in 510 s. a. B. C. He won six prizes as a wrestler at the Olympic games, six more at the Pythian games, and crowned his glories by carrying a four-year-old heifer through a huge stadium, then killing it and eating it all in a single day. He was eaten by wolves while his hands were caught in a split tree which he had tried to tear apart." Ream notes: Obviously, no beef shortage back in 510 B.C. And likely, no price controls either. ON ANOTHER learned matter, we have here the Headmaster's Report from the yearbook of Hillhead High School, Glasgow, Scotland. It is by John McCormick, no kin to the Irish tenor, and it is particularly appropriate for the opening of another school year. Here are excerpts: '.'There has been a deterioration in both primary and secondary schools in the education of boys and girls in the skills of ac­ curate knowledge and manipulation of language and number. "The extent and degree of ignorance of grammar and syntax among pupils is alarming, and this, coupled with the cavalier attitude to accuracy in punctuation and spelling and the over-emphasis on free expression, often results in productions that show disturbing evidence of the absence of disciplines in their studies. it -tr -tc "THE SUGGESTION that boys and girls should learn to develop skills, flexibility, rather than a corpus of knowledge to be used skillfully and flexibly, has gained wide acceptance. This belief, if we judge the tree by its fruits, is probably fallacious. "Even now, when oral and aural work in modern languages is stressed so much more than previously, no young student can demonstrate an acceptable degree of command of French, or German, or Russian, without accurate knowledge of vocabulary, of the structures of tense and mood in verbs, and of the acceptable patterns of expression in that language. -k -it ?r "MY ADVICE to the young is to learn how to skim ideas through quick reading or study where only the idea of concept is important, but to complement such study with thorough investigation and chose study when required. "May I point out that when someone tries to develop skill in golf, to choose from a wide spectrum of analogies, there is an end result expected, to prove the acquisition of skill — a reduction in the number of strokes per round. "I suggest that similar criteria should be used in measuring the development of skills in education." Looking backward 10 Years Ago in 1963 One thousand white students boycotted Alabama schoqls. Students who defended other students who had paid an illegal visit to Cuba stuged a demonstration in Congressional heuring. Four men were ouBted. Female followers staged crying demonstrations. 25 Years Ago in 1948 Bill Carey Jr. defeated his cousin Jake Carey in city golf play. O.W.'s inflation theory makes sense By Russell Raker ((') l!)7.'l New York Times Newa Service This space is yielded today to Mr. O. W, of Bath, Ind., who has sent us his theory of the present inflation explosion. Leading economists have dismissed Mr. 0. W.'s explanation, and only, Mr. 0. W. believes, because he is not an economist, but a trombone player. "They cannot stand . , having a hornplayer make m^^^^ ' monkeys of them" Mr. 0. V Uk* | W. writes, "and, so, sup- ^* WP- . press my theory." How- ' ever that may be, Mr. 0. W. makes sense about inflation. "A few years ago" 0. W. writes, "it was impossible' to get a taxicab in New Maker York City. This was because cab fares were so low that maybe three or four million New Yorkers could afford to pay them. As a result all the cabs were constantly filled, and the curbs were lined with New Yorkers who wanted cabs but couldn't get them. "This was an illogical situation, for the taxicab is the rich man's transportation, and rich men were being kept from their natural mode of transport by people who should have been riding buses and subways. "Some people got together. 1 don't know who they were. Rich men, probably. The kind of men who were meant to ride taxicabs. They must have said, 'This is silly. What is the point of being rich if we have to stand on the curh getting rained on because all the taxieabs are taken by the bus- and-subway classes.' Hoost in price "Whatever they said, the result was a boost in the price of a cab ride. The fare increase again separated the taxi riders from the bus-and-subway people, and nowadays, if you are well heeled, there is no trouble getting a cab in New York. "1 go on at length about this because it is a small but classic illustration of inflation (the rise in the cab fare) being caused by the natural distaste of rich people for standing on curbs being jostled by multitudes. "When three or four million New Yorkers could afford taxis, it meant that three or four million New Yorkers were, in a sense, rich. And the nub of the whole thing, of course, is that when everybody is rich, being rich is no longer very satisfying. "The natural economic correction is in- . flntion. /Vices increase until only a limited number of people ran pay them and, for these survivors — the rich — being rich once again means something. "In New York in the old days the well-to- do stood on the curb in the rush hour and reflected bitterly on the uselessness of their wealth. No longer. Inflation has restored the point of the system. Being rich means being able to get a taxicab. The 'rich' stage "When the present inflation explosion began, the entire country had reached the stage of New York before the boost in taxi fares. Half the people in America had begun living the way rich people live. "Two and three cars. A boat. A second house at the ocean, the lake, the mountain. Porterhouse steak every night. The best bordeaux. Fine woolens tfom Britain, perfume from Paris, shoes from Italy. Vacations in Jamaica. Skiing in Switzerland, flying back and forth to Europe, California, Florida, Maine. Ervin's 'rain dance' Easy now, big fella . ... steady . . . steady . . .! War on opium The Shan connection: Can we refuse offer? Charles Ragland, baseball booster, expressed the opinion Hutchinson had to do something about saving baseball for Hutchinson. 50 Years Ago in 1923 (Jen. John Pershing planned to retire next year. He was 63 years old. Spanish Rebels took over the Barcelona government. By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON — The colorful Shan guerrillas have offered to sell the United States most of the Southeast Asian opium crop and to wage war on any other opium convoys that may try to operate in the area. In exchange, they want $12 million in hard cash and a U.S. promise to help them win autonomy from Burma. This astonishing proposal was made in writing by two top Shan leaders who sent an emissary down from the hills to meet clandestinely in Bangkok with Rep. Lester Wolff, D-' N.Y. As chairman of a House narcotics subcommittee, Wolff is the House's leading expert on Burma-Thai-Laos opium production. He was in Bangkok last month on a survey with five other congressmen. The signed Shan offer to destroy up to 400 tons of high-grade Asian opium, combined with the U.S.-sponsored crackdown on Turkish opium, theoretically could wipe out 75 per cent of the supply of heroin on America's streets. And $12 million admittedly would be cheaper than trying to stop the smuggling operation the hard way. Skeptical at first but eager to explore the offer, Wolff invited American diplomatic, narcotics and CIA officials inThailand to a meeting where he laid out the strange Shan proposal. At this private session, the authorities confirmed that some of the handwritten reports of opium convoys agreed precisely with their own secret information. Our own sources report that both the State Department and CIA^had also been approached by the Shan insurgents but that the negotiations had been aborted by Washington. Progress report Wolff left it to the American officials in Bangkok to pursue the offer but asked for a quick progress report, fearing the unorthodox Shan gambit might become snarled in red tape and bureaucratic timidity. When Wolff reached Hong Kong four days later, he was called by his Shan contact, who reported nothing whatsoever was being done about the Shan offer. At our request, Wolff has now agreed to show us the proposal in hopes this might stir at least preliminary talks on the feasibility of buying up the Shan opium crop. After all, the United States has subsidized Turkish opium farmers with $35 million a year so they would stop growing the lethal stuff. The United States also secretly paid $1 million to Chinese traffickers and others in Thailand for contraband opium, which was burned. (A secret CIA report claims, however, that the U. S. authorities were deceived and really burned cheap fodder covered with opium.) In return for destroying the crop the Shan armies want a "permanent solution" based on political self-determination for the Shans and agricultural assistance from the United States to "replace opium with other crops." If this is finally accomplished, promised the Shan leaders, they will "allow helicopters under international supervision to search out and destroy any opium fields that still remain." In Wolff's view, the advantage of destroying 400 tons of opium far outweighs the ruffling of official Burmese feathers, which direct dealings with the Shans would cause. 'Heavily involved'' Our own CIA sources confirm that the Shan State Army is a tremendous factor in the Southeast Asian drug traffic. One secret report by the CIA's Basic and Geographic Intelligence Office asserts: "The Shan State Army, the largest of several forces that have been fighting for Shan independence from Burma ... is also heavily involved in the opium business." Wolff, while reluctant to leave Congress during the wind-up of the 1973 session, is willing to serve as an emissary to the Shan generals if it will help get negotiations going. Although he is unwilling to vouch for the Shan generals' ability to deliver on their proposals, he feels they at least warrant serious talk. "So far," he told us, "the U.S. government seems far more eager to wipe out insurgents than to wipe out the heroin trade." "It was an unnatural situation. With hull the population living the rich life, a lot of satisfaction went out of being rich. It was like the old days when you couldn't get a call in Manhattan. "Now the hotels in Jamaica were all booked solidly for the winter. You couldn't get a lobster because (50 million other rich people had bought t.hein all up. And what's the point of your fine woolens from Britain when I be butcher was wearing a cashmere apron, or the shoes from Italy when the office boy was wearing exact duplicates? "When being rich ceases being satisfying, the natural economic correction — inflation • naturally takes place. "Phis is now happening. Millions of Americans ore being priced out of competition for the good life. When the process is finished, being rich will mean something once again. "Once we understand this natural tendency of inflation to occur whenever too many people start living 'ike the rich, the solution would be easy. This would be a series of government-sponsored lectures explaining to the multitudes that even a few years of living like the rich is better than an uninterrupted lifetime of subway riding." Agnew plays role of nattering Nixon nabob \Y ickrr Ry Tom Wicker (C) 197H New York Times Newa Service NEW YORK — Vice President Agnew appeared to be at his alliterative apogee the other night when he told a Republican audience that "We have reached the watershed of Watergate" (although that could be taken to mean that everything will be downhill from here on). When he got to his main 1 theme, however, Agnew ! sounded like nothing so much as a nattering nabob I of Nixonism. Watergate, he said, was "the misguided actions of a few zealots" that had been blown into a storm by the "rain dance" of Sen. Ervin and his committee. The true story was that "embittered critics of this administration and the Republican party who could not discredit us at the polls in November will make every effort — no matter how reckless — to discredit us now." Well, there are some "embittered critics" of this administration, all right, but no one other than Mr. Agnew has suggested that the Republican party was to be blamed for: Watergate; and in fact, no one other than Mr. Agnew has suggested that the Republican party was even involved in the Nixon re-election effort, since he neither used its name and machinery nor campaigned for its other candidates. These are facts Apart from all that, and bearing in mind Agnew's useful reminder that those accused have not necessarily been proven guilty of anything, it is undeniable fact that: 1. Seven former employes of the Nixon White House, the Nixon Re-election Committee, or both, have been convicted of crimes. 2. Four former Nixon White House staff members have been indicted as a result of the burglary of a psychiatrist's office in Los Angeles in 1971. 3. Although no other cabinet or former cabinet official has been indicted for criminal acts for nearly half a century, two former Nixon cabinet officers, who were also at one time the highest ranking officers of his re-election committee, went on trial this week for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and perjury. 4. These cases resulted not from rain- dancing in the Senate but from the deliberations of three separate grand juries in Los Angeles, Washington and New York. 5. At least a dozen officials of the Nixon Administration have resigned or been fired in connection with the Watergate and related scandals, all within less than three months. Develop other interests (i. At least, one major company has ad- ;* milled making an illegal contribution to « the Nixon Re-Election Committee, under pressure from its fund-raisers and with an eye to a case [lending before a government '; regulatory agency. « Without pre-judging any of these facts, as to the guilt or innocence of any person £ charged, this record alone is more than m enough to refute the Agnevian assininity. that "embittered critics" are merely doing 1 through Watergate what they could not do ; at the polls. Who could even have con- • ceived such a conspiracy, let alone carried it through? Keaching for support In fact, Mr. Agnew — himself potentially in trouble because of an in- 1 vestigations that might reach still a fourth • grand jury in still a fourth city — appeared' mostly to be reaching mostly for needed ,, political support within his party and within the White House, in both of which he undoubtedly needs it. The President and his lawyers may well have a good deal to say — if not the final say — as to whether the Agnew case goes to, grand jury; if Agnew is indicted, the Presi- , dent could and probably would bring tre- • mendous pressure on him to resign, so that Mr. Nixon could nominate a new man. Agnew had good reason, therefore, to parrot the White House line that its enemies are out to get Nixon. \ He had good reason, too, to make a; valiant defense of a Republican party that ' is not noticeably under attack. The same • night he spoke, John B. Connally Jr., Sam ,'• Yorty's predecessor in party-switching, was,' appearing before an important California • Republican assembly; the next day, that state's Gov. Ronald Reagan plugged his tricky new tax plan before the same group. Republicans being notably clannish, Con- • nally apparently got an apostate's welcome, Reagan one for a hero. But each is a potential heir to Agnew's hitherto solid conservative backing, at a time when every indicator suggests that the investigation hanging over his head already has dimmed the Vice President's prospects for 1976. Not that Nixon would necessarily choose one of those two for Vice President if Agnew had to resign. Unless the President has changed his mind in recent years, he would rule out Reagan because of the governor's know-nothingism in foreign affairs; and to give a recently recycled Democrat like Connally such an important political leg- up might well split the Republican party for L976 and further alienate congressional Democrats. But with so many — the grand jury, Nixon, Connally, Reagan •— breathing hotly on his neck, Agnew can hardly be blamed for setting up "embittered critics" as straw men he could knock over. That's just good Nixonism. Ball player needs books 'Aru wo supposod to fool sorry for thorn?' By Sydney J. Harris The book-clerk almost kissed me when I walked into the store and asked him to recommend a book for a 15-year-old "who is not terribly bright." "You're the first customer in my eight years here," he burbled, "who has not wanted a book for a child 'much brighter than average.' Don't the dull children ever get presents of books?" I guess they don't. And I think this is a big mistake. It is the precocious, the intelligent, the literary- minded child who receives books as gifts. And he needs them least of all. When I was a boy, nobody had to give me , books. I haunted the public library, and sometimes went there twice a day, carting home armful of treasures on the "research" card I had wangled from an older friend. It is the child who does not care to read, whose home is devoid of books, whose interests are limited to the physical and the technical, who should be tempted to enter the re/dm of literature. There are many doors opening into this realm, but the child does not know which one to unlock. I would not give books to a precocious and intellectual child — I would give him •sports equipment, to try to develop his latent, powers in another field. What he does well, lie can do by himself, without assistance; what he does poorly, or not at all, should be encouraged by the adults around him. Caler to interests Most of us, however, cater to the child's over-powering interests. We make the physical child even more physical-minded, and the intellectual child even more literary- minded. This is easy and comfortable, but it is not sensible if we wnnt human beings rather than one-sided monsters. I am not suggesting, of course, that the athletic child be bombarded with Homer or Shakespeare; or that the constant, reader be tossed off the pier in a pair of wafer- wings. This is not re-education, but coercion. The literary boy will never play football, but he can be made interested in tennis or track or other sports requiring less brute strength. The shot-putter will never read KeatH or translate Virgil, but there is a vast literature designed to appeal to the extroverted type. Both can be made to HOC, by skillful guidance, that thought and action are incomplete halves of existence, each requiring the other. The world is already too full of half-people, (

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